Because my MMA fight got cancelled/postponed I decided to enter the No-gi BJJ National Champs. I'm not much of a grappler having really focused on punching people in the face over the last two years. I entered with a pretty casual mindset but a fair amount of confidence, I hadn't even really looked at the scoring system before I turned up. The last and only other time I entered a submission grappling comp was 2-3 years ago and the level of competition back then was pretty average. Of course I managed to get a loss in my first match, which saw me exit the competition early. Also had my nose turned into a fountain of blood (not quite sure how, even after watching the video). Lost by armbar in a fight that lasted less than three minutes. Observations: 1). Over the last 2-3 years the skill level in New Zealand has increased exponentially. 2). Grapplers take their weight for these comps pretty seriously. I was stuffing cookies into my gob the night before the competition. The guy I fought looked like he had been eating clean for the last year or two. 3). Grappling with no face-punching is very different to grappling with face-punching. I have learned that I should probably take grappling a bit more seriously if I want to compete in it with any hope of winning. Still, I enjoyed myself and will probably enter a few more comps to gain more experience in fighting under pressure. I didn't embarrass myself, I got beaten by someone who was stronger, fitter, and more skilled but I managed to hold my own for a while, and even worried him a few times. I wasn't far off the level I need to be, and that is a positive I will take from this.